Called to Duty


As America prepares for war, 100,000 members of the armed services call Florida their permanent home. About 10,000 others have donned Reserve or National Guard uniforms.

The members of the Florida National Guard 144 Transportation Company are lining up and shipping out. Located 70 miles west of the state capitol the company is shipping out to uncertainty Tuesday.

"Florida has already contributed ten thousand people, reservists and National Guardsmen to the effort, and those that are leaving tomorrow are getting their orders right now."

Among them triplets Christina, Jessica, and Melissa Buchanan.

"I don't think we would have went by ourselves." "I know I wouldn't have went by myself."

The Buchanan’s mom died a year ago, their grandfather is doing the worrying for her.

"I think everybody would be nervous, I'm very proud."

Also deploying is a father-son team.

"We want to get the job done, and come back home, hopefully we won't have to go through this again, or he's going to wind up in there next time."

The Kaszas sisters join the National Guard to pay for college, they say deploying with each other will make it easier.

"We live together in Tallahassee, and go to school. We have always been close. Same unit, same school."

Specialist Randi Ingraham is leaving two children behind. Her air force husband is already overseas.

"I'm really looking forward to doing what we have been training to do, so I want to go over there do what we need to do, and come home."

And while the prospect of war is separating many families, for some it is a family affair.

144th leaves Marianna for Fort Stewart Georgia on Tuesday. They expect training until their next yet unknown assignment.